Ladies and Gentlemen, Dear Friends,
On behalf of the entire team responsible for the 7th Film and Art Festival Two Riversides, I am pleased to welcome you to Kazimierz Dolny by the Vistula and invite you to a spree of film, music, and art.
The keyword of this year’s festival is IDENTITY – it is something that gives us confidence, makes us aware of the tradition from which we are descended from, strengthens us when facing other cultures. It is something that causes others to respect us, and allows us to achieve a better understanding of others. This area of life is tackled by many films presented at the festival. Retrospectives of Janusz Morgenstern and Thomas Vinterberg show that two directors of different cultural backgrounds can have very much in common, despite the generation gap between them and a completely different historical experience. They both tell stories of people from their closest surroundings, of matters dearest to them, and yet these stories grow to become something universal. I recommend Vinterberg’s “Festen [The Celebration]” and “Jagten [The Hunt],” as well as Morgenstern’s “Jovita,” “To Kill This Love,” and the ingenious, although not very well-known “Smaller Sky.”
Premiere screenings of Felix Van Groeningen’s “The Broken Circle Breakdown,” Paolo Sorrentino’s “The Great Beauty,” Alex Van Warmerdam’s “Borgman”; documentary screenings, including “A World Not Ours,” “A Story of Children and Film,” “Shirley – Visions of Reality”; and music documentaries: “The Labèque Way,” “Les fils du vent,” “Naked Hands”; these are just some of the titles representing the main festival section, namely “World under canvas,” where you are welcome to see the latest films selected at festivals around the world.
Stanisława Celińska is the star of this year’s “And God created… actress” section. An outstanding actress and personality, her roles in theatre (we will recollect plays of the Television Theatre) and film (“Landscape After the Battle,” “The Young Girls of Wilko”) are testimony to her great talent, and the “New Warsaw” concert, featuring the Royal String Quartet, will show her personality’s strength.
This year at Two Riversides our guest will be a master of jazz trumpet, the charismatic Tomasz Stańko and his friends from New York, who will perform pieces from the album “Wisława” in the unique atmosphere of the Kazimierz Dolny Market. Other shows in the festival club include Mela Koteluk, Skubas, and Dr Misio with Arkadiusz Jakubik.
The short film contest, for which we received a record-breaking number of submissions this year, will feature very interesting, innovative pictures, mostly by young filmmakers.
Guests will come from all over Poland and the world: Felix Van Groeningen, Carlo di Carlo, Andrzej Jakimowski, Wojtek Smarzowski, Sławomir Fabicki, Waldemar Pokromski, and many others. Numerous meetings and talks on film and the issues raised by them will, once again, provide us with many unforgettable moments.
I would like to thank all of our sponsors and partners, who supported our ideas in spite of the ever-present term “crisis,” and enabled us to share the joys of art and culture. Come to Kazimierz Dolny and Janowiec July 27th – August 4th.
Artistic Director for the Film and Art Festival Two Riversides
The 7th Film and Art Festival Two Riversides will open with poetry-inspired jazz. On July 27th, the Market in Kazimierz Dolny will transform into a concert hall under the stars, where the Tomasz Stańko New York Quartet will perform. The musicians will pay homage to Wisława Szymborska, presenting the festival audience with a programme inspired by the Nobel prize-winner’s poetry. The show starts at 9:00 PM.
Four years ago, the poetess took part in a poetic soiree at the Krakow Opera, where Tomasz Stańko used his trumpet to improvise responses to Szymborska’s new poems. In turn, some of her work provided Stańko’s compositions with inspiration and titles. That’s how their mutual poetic-musical adventure started. “To share the stage with an artist of Szymborska’s calibre is like playing with Miles Davis or Keith Jarrett. The trumpet seemed to play on its own” – says Tomasz Stańko. His fascination with poetry resulted in “Wisława,” an album recorded in New York and released this year by the renowned record company ECM Records.
Tomasz Stańko, listed by the “New Yorker” among the most original and prolific jazz trumpeters, has performed in prestigious concert halls worldwide. Not long from now, we will hear him in Kazimierz Dolny. He will be accompanied by David Virelles on grand piano, Thomas Morgan on double bass, and Gerald Cleaver on drums. “I found three fantastic musicians in New York” – says Stańko about them. Thomas Morgan and Gerald Cleaver constitute one of the keenest rhythm sections in modern improvisational music. The Cuban pianist David Virelles, inspired by ritual music as well as Thelonius Monk and Andrew Hill, seems to be exceptionally well disposed towards the swelling darkness and exquisite eeriness of Stańko’s free ballads.
The work of Tomasz Stańko is also connected with film. The artist is credited for the scores of such pictures as “Farewell to Maria,” “When a Man Loves a Woman,” and “Rite of Passage 1947.”
photo: John Rogers / ECM Records
On July 27th we will inagurate the 7th Film and Art Festival Two Riversides with the Polish premiere of “The Broken Circle Breakdown.” The screening’s special guest will be the director – Felix van Groeningen (“The Misfortunates”).
Cinema shall once again meet with theatre and music in Kazimierz Dolny. “The Broken Circle Breakdown” is a film adaptation of the play by Johan Heldenbergh (who plays the film’s leading role) and Mieke Dobels. Elise and Didier are a happy couple united by similar expectations from life and… a love for bluegrass music. However, things are about to change, and their feelings are to be put to a serious test. The protagonists are lead by a musical narrative, where the illustrations consist of bluegrass combined with epic themes, which emphasise the characters’ emotional states. This story, based on facts, enchanted the festival audience and received the Panorama Audience Award as well as the Europa Cinemas Label at this year’s Berlinale Festival. The film will have its Polish debut screenings on September 6th.
It’s well worth staying with us all weekend. Sunday will see another Polish premiere. We invite our festival audience to a world of art, luxury, and dirty business taking place within the shade of Italian towns. All this due to the screening of Giuseppe Tornatore’s latest movie, “The Best Offer.” The leading role is played by Geoffrey Rush, known to Polish audiences from pictures such as “Pirates of the Caribbean,” “Shakespeare in Love,” and “Shine.” Once again, Giuseppe Tornatore decided to team up with composer Ennio Morricone.
Soon, our website will include more information on the “Music – my love” section. See you July 27th until August 4th in Kazimierz Dolny and Janowiec nad Wisłą!
Show yourself in Kazimierz Dolny and Janowiec nad Wisłą. The organisers of the Two Riversides Film and Art Festival are waiting for your films until the 27th of July 2013.
Once again amateurs and students will compete with professionals and film school graduates. Films which enter the ISFC are feature films, documentaries, animations ad experimental films that last up to 60 minutes and were produced in 2012 or 2013. Older films can (only conditionally) be admitted if their screening during the Festival will be their first presentation in Poland.
The main prize of the ISFC is 3000 PLN. There are also two additional prizes: directors will get 1000 PLN each. Taking part in the Short Films Competition not only gives the opportunity to be shown on the big screen but also to confront one’s ideas with the most difficult and demanding jury: the audience. Other shorts will be shown in the “In the Short Run” and “World under Canvas” sections: they will be screened before the feature length films. We are calling for this short time before the show to be returned to the Young. You’ll find the rules of the contest and the entry form at http://www.dwabrzegi.pl/nkfk/?lang=en. Come to Kazimierz Dolny and Janowiec nad Wisłą between the 27th of July and the 4th of August.
photo: Łukasz Łuszczek
Mysterious Kazimierz, gnomes and many thanks – joyful and jazzy closing of the festival.
Kazimierz Dolny, the PGE Cinema, 4.30 pm. Grazyna Torbicka, the Artistic Director of the Festival enters the stage smiling. “Behind us there are eight festival days filled with films, music, art and meetings with the artists”, she says. The audience applauds loudly. “Our thanks go to the audience – all this has been for you”. Indeed, for the several days of the festival Kazimierz has been under siege of the faithful attendees. Everywhere there have been crowds with distinctive red or blue programme booklets in their hands. “We have met for the sixth time because we have faithful friends. Owing to them we are able to seek rare things, good films.”, says the Artistic Director.
The jury of the Independent Short Films Competition has awarded the following prizes:
- 3rd Prize and a 1000 PLN award – „Coyot” | „Kojot” – dir. Jędrzej Bączyk
- 2nd Prize and a 1000 PLN award – „When the Lights of Dawn Arises” | „Kiedy ranne wstają zorze” – reż. Mateusz Głowacki
- 1st Prize and a 3000 PLN award – „Would You Be Kind to Leave Sir” | „Je Vous Prie De Sortir” – dir. Valérie Théodore